Stories & Crafts: David Shannon 2

Welcome to our digital Stories & Crafts for preschoolers. Today Theresa is sharing another David Shannon story about Duck. Do you remember how he and his animal friends rode bikes? Guess what they do this time!

Make a Tractor

More examples of this craft


  • A sheet of brown construction paper or card stock
  • Green, black and yellow paper OR white paper you can color or paint these colors
  • Chocolate pudding or brown finger paint
  • Wax paper or something else to contain the mess
  • Scissors, glue and possibly a ruler



  1. Create a background for your tractor by turning the brown piece of paper into a field with rows of soil. Place the brown paper on wax paper or some other nonstick table covering. As you can see from the picture, I didn’t do this and had to peel it off the table and transfer it to wax paper so it wouldn’t be stuck to the table when dry. Scoop about half the pudding onto the paper and allow your child to spread it around to cover the paper. This is a sensory experience worth the mess! Once the paper is completely covered with pudding encourage your child to run his or her fingers down the long side of the paper. This will remove excess pudding and give the appearance of rows of soil. Once your child is satisfied with the field, allow it to dry.
  2. Next cut rectangles and circles out of the other paper to build the tractor. I cut two green rectangles 3 inches by 5 inches and overlapped them a little to achieve a tractor shape. I use cups and spice bottles to trace around to make circles. The blue cup in the supplies photo happened to be the right size at the top to make the big wheel and at the bottom to make the small one. Cut a window from yellow paper and an exhaust pipe from black paper.                                           
  3. Arrange the pieces to form a tractor and glue them together.
  4. Lay the tractor on the wet pudding field to make it stick, or wait for the pudding to dry and glue it to the field.

Things to Talk About

  • A field may have rows of brown soil like this in the spring when it is tilled before planting or in the fall after it is plowed. What might the field look like at other times of the year?
  • How many circles did we use to make our tractor? How many rectangles? What other shapes do you notice on real tractors?
  • What would you plant in the field?

More Fun

Gecko’s Real Vehicles video: Tractors for Kids

Driving My Tractor song

Tractor coloring pages

Adorable Duck Finger Puppets

Here is a list of David Shannon books and videos, many of which are available digitally.

View complete list

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Check out our previous Stories & Crafts, including Tuesday’s other David Shannon storytime.

Debbie is a youth services specialist on the Early Childhood team. Look for her on the Learn & Play Bus or hanging out with Baby Bookworms. Along with a passion for reading, Debbie enjoys puzzles, attending local dance and theater productions, gardening, and portrait photography.